Wolverhampton Advanced Motorcyclists


(WAM) are a Wolverhampton motorcycle group affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

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If you are interested in advanced driving skills and have come to this site in error or you also have a car as well as a motorcycle then we have a sister organization also based in Wolverhampton, the Wolverhampton  Advanced Motorists. Please follow the link by clicking on the red logo to the left.

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Associate extension to membership

Six month extension to membership for Associates who have been unable to complete their coaching or take their test due to COVID-19 can only be applied at the point of renewal. Extension is the responsibility of each Associate, when they receive their renewal notice and are asked to contact the Customer Care team at support@iam.org.uk or call 0300 303 1134 to arrange their extension at the time of renewal.

29-Jul-20 00:00

COVID-19

You will have seen an earlier message informing you that, in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, your WAM committee had decided to postpone both Sunday's first group ride of the year and April's club meeting.   Since that message was sent, IAM Roadsmart have issued further guidance, the substance of which is as follows:        Following the significant change in Government advice about Coronavirus (Covid-19), IAM RoadSmart’s senior management team has met and agreed the following advice and guidance for groups, observers and examiners.We appreciate that all groups are independent charities however the priority must be for IAM RoadSmart to contribute fully to efforts to minimise the spread of the virus nationwide and maintain the health and safety of all staff, members, associates, examiners and customers.Therefore with immediate effect, groups are advised to: Stop observed runs for associates, unless the observer and associate both agree they wish to go ahead Stop all meetings and social gatherings, including AGMs and recruitment activity In addition, advanced driving and riding tests and assessments are suspended until further notice. All re-qualifications for Local and National Observers, Fellows and Masters are also suspended until further notice.In light of these recommendations and actions, where an associate's membership expires, we will extend it, at no additional cost, for up to a further six months to enable all associates to complete their coaching and take their test without disadvantage. We will not be providing refunds of course fees. Groups are required to hold an AGM once every calendar year and within 18 months of the previous AGM. You may wish to consider holding your AGM via video or phone conference call. Proxy and postal voting can also still take place and be used for resolutions.   With this in mind, your committee has decided to suspend all WAM group rides and club meetings until further notice. We will postpone the AGM until November and will reconsider this closer to the time.   The first machine control event, scheduled for 26th April, is postponed to a date to be confirmed. July's treasure hunt will be considered again later in the year.   As far as individual training and observed rides are concerned, IAM Roadsmart advice is clearly that these should be suspended until further notice, though they have also allowed discretion if both observer and associate wish to carry on.   Your committee has considered this and have taken a number of aspects into account, such as briefings and debriefings being carried out in cafes or similar areas where large groups of people are likely to congregate and which government advice is to avoid. We have also taken into account the fact that tests have been suspended until further notice.    Consequently, whilst we do not feel that we can prohibit observed rides over the coming months, we would strongly advise observers and associates against them to minimise potential exposure to, and spreading of, the virus.    It is imperative that any observed rides that do take place are by mutual consent. No-one should feel pressured into riding if they do not feel comfortable to and anyone who does feel unduly pressured into riding against their better judgement should refer their issue to a member of the committee. IAM Roadsmart will extend membership for associates in training for up to six months to allow training to be completed. This extension does not apply to full members who have already passed their test.   In the current climate, many of our usual activities will be postponed this year and some may not take place at all. With this in mind, your committee, in line with IAM Roadsmart's actions, will also waive WAM membership subscriptions for 2020 for those members whose subscriptions are up to date as of the date of this email   You will appreciate that the current and unprecedented situation is constantly and rapidly changing and that official guidance is likely to do so too. Your committee is keeping abreast of developments to respond as quickly as possible and hopefully WAM will be back to normal before too long.    Thank you for your patience. Be safe Your Committee 

18-Mar-20 00:00

Winter Rideouts

Al will again be leading a series of winter rides. Note these start from McDonalds Penn Road at 1000hrs, briefing 0945hrs. There will be no set route, distance and finish time dependent on weather.

02-Nov-19 00:00

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The IAM is the UK’s leading independent road safety charity. We passionately believe that our roads can be made a safer place by improving the standards of the people who...

 

As a charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (the IAM) supports the raising of driving and riding standards and campaigns for increased on-road skills.

We support and represent motorists, motorcyclists and cyclists through practical driving andriding programmes and urge all road users to act more responsibly and safely.

We also aim to inform and influence government and decision makers to ensure that road safety remains a relevant topic and receives the focus and investment that it requires.

Our commercial business subsidiary, IAM Drive and Survive, promotes occupational driver improvement throughout the fleet/business community. This helps employers achieve their duty of care to employees and also help to reduce road accidents whilst driving on business.

We also offer Drink Drive Rehabilitation courses throughout parts of England and Wales, delivered by the IAM Driver Retraining Academy (IAMDRA).

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Chairman: John Hodgkiss
Vice Chairman/Sunday Ride Controler: Dave Garner
Associate Controller: Matt Gwynne
Treasurer: Glynn Davies
Secretary: Lee Parkes
Social Secretary: Lee Allsopp
Chief Observer & Observer Records: Alan Cartwright
Communications & Membership Secretary: Paul Johnson
WEB Admin: Dave Jackson